Rear Adm. Mary Riggs graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She practiced in a variety of critical care settings including coronary care, intensive care, shock trauma and post-surgical open heart. She received master degrees in both physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia.
Riggs was directly commissioned into the Navy Reserve. In 1990, she was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm. She subsequently re-affiliated as a selected reservist and served in a number of leadership roles supporting clinical units as well as being selected to the woman’s board and specialty leader for nursing research.
In 2008, she served as executive officer, Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Portsmouth, she managed over 600 reserve component personnel in over 16 detachments. Riggs served as commanding officer, OHSU Portsmouth from 2010-2012. In October 2013, Riggs was recalled to active duty serving as the deputy director of Reserve Policy and Integration. In January 2016, she was selected as the deputy chief of staff for Reserve Navy Medicine Education and Training Command.
In 2017, Riggs was assigned as commander, Reserve Component Expeditionary Medicine and served as director, Research and Development (J-9), Defense Health Agency, deputy director, Navy Nurse Corps, Deputy Command General, Medical Research and Material Command and Interim chief nurse executive, Defense Health Agency. In 2020, she served as interim deputy director for Health Care Administration. Currently, she serves as deputy chief for Reserve Policy and Integration and interim deputy chief for Total Force.
Riggs’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Naval Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various service medals and unit awards.
Last Updated: 28 May 2021